Temperatures set to plummet in Bristol - but the snow will soon turn to rain
Several schools in North Somerset are closed today due to the snow - more info here.
TEMPERATURES are set to plummet tomorrow to their lowest point this winter creating treacherous icy conditions.
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The mercury could fall as low as -10C in rural areas around Bristol tomorrow night while inner city temperatures could drop to -5C.
But the cold snap could be over soon afterwards, with a widespread thaw and heavy rain predicted this weekend by the Met Office.
Spokesman Charlie Powell said wintry showers could continue throughout today and into the early part of tomorrow, before clearer skies bring colder nights.
But snow left on the ground is likely to stay there until the weather turns, as temperatures struggle to get above zero.
Last night the Met Office had yellow ice warnings and amber snow warnings in place for today and tomorrow morning.
Tomorrow's forecast included the possibility of some more snow before a very cold night.
Mr Powell told The Post: "Overnight clear skies will bring very, very low temperatures and it could be the coldest night we have seen so far this winter.
"By the weekend it's all change, with temperatures heading back to closer to where they should be for this time of year."
He added that the Met Office forecasts a clear but windy Friday and rain on the weekend, which could become heavy at times.
A spell of heavy snow fall last night meant a string of cancelled and diverted flights at Bristol Airport.
From 6pm flights arriving from Faro, Budapest and Tenerife were diverted to Birmingham, Bournemouth and Cardiff.
Seven arrivals after 6.40pm were cancelled, while two flights departing from the airport were also cancelled.
Many travellers were still being advised to await updates by the end of the evening.
The Highways Agency issued a warning last night to drivers across the South West to take extra care on the roads, cancelling planned roadworks on the M4.
The scheduled closures of the M4 East and West junctions 19 to 20 and M5 South to M4 West link road were called off as the snow set in.
An agency spokesman said: "The Highways Agency will continue to re-assess weather conditions regarding the remainder of this week's closures."
Gill Risdale, Highways Agency operations manager for the South West, added: "Our winter fleet works around the clock and roads across the South West will continue to be treated whenever there is a risk of ice or snow."